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Lithuania should be ready for Russian invasion – Grybauskaite

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Lithuanian leader believes that the Western powers are naive in their assessment of Russia. President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite says a threat of Russia’s invasion of Lithuania remains but if the country shows that it can and is ready to defend itself, this will not happen. “The likelihood [of Russian invasion] is high if we don’t constantly defend ourselves,” Grybauskaite said in an interview with Der Spiegel. “If we…

MP puts on hold proposal for Lithuanian history teaching at international schools

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The chairman of the Lithuanian parliament’s Committee on Education and Science is putting on hold his proposal to oblige international schools operating in the country to teach Lithuanian history. “I’m still analyzing this possibility. I want to meet with those schools once again to make sure that I do no harm. I have doubts and that’s why I decided to postpone,” Eugenijus Jovaisa told BNS. The Seimas last week planned to…

Estonia leads among Baltics in World Press Freedom Index 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Lithuania ranks 36th in the annual World Press Freedom Index 2018, produced by Reporters Without Borders, unchanged from last year. Neighboring Latvia comes in 24th in the index, Estonia is 12th, reports LETA/BNS.   Reporters Without Borders concluded that the leading national media enjoy freedom of expression but the situation is problematic at the regional level where “local newspapers often depend on regional political parties and their leaders”. The Paris-based…

Estonia, Moldova to launch 10 new development cooperation projects

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Estonia intends to launch ten new projects in development cooperation with Moldova, in addition to the 18 joint projects already in progress, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in the capital of Moldova on June 18th, informs LETA/BNS. “I remember very well how important support and encouragement was for Estonia when we were aspiring to become a member of the European Union. Although our aim was clear and our wish…

Estonian PM expects Baltic agreement on synchronization by June 28

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas expressed hope on Monday that the three Baltic countries and Poland will reach agreement with the European Commission by June 28 on how exactly the Baltic electricity grids will be connected with Central Europe. “I am optimistic when it comes to [reaching] an agreement by the end of June and I very much hope that we will be able to get an agreement on June…

Internal Security Service gets permit to build new premises in Tallinn

Monday, June 18, 2018

The city partially repealed the previously approved plans after the Internal Security Service (ISS) submitted changes. The ISS now has the necessary permits to have existing buildings in Tallinn’s Endla Street torn down, and new premises built in their place. According to spokespeople for the ISS, the partial repeal of the detailed plan will allow the agency to pull down its building at Luise 1/3 and to build new premises…

Potential next ambassador to US discusses upcoming NATO summit at Pentagon

Monday, June 18, 2018

Secretary-general of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, Jonatan Vseviov was in the United States this week to discuss the upcoming NATO summit at the Pentagon. According to several sources, Vseviov is likely to be appointed Estonia’s next ambassador to the U.S. Vseviov also participated in a seminar of the Atlantic Council on the security of Northern Europe and attended the European Union Security and Defense Symposium held in Washington, D.C. “The NATO…

Lithuania remains dependent on imported energy

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lithuania last year used more domestically generated energy, but remained dependent on imports, the country’s statistics office said. Lithuania’s energy dependence rate last year declined by 2.4 percent to 72.9 percent, but was still well above the EU average, which stood at 53.6 percent in 2016. Electricity demand in Lithuania last year rose by 2.6 percent to 12.9 billion kilowatt-hours. The country imported almost two-thirds of its electricity and produced…

New Unity is unified and energetic – Rinkevics

Monday, June 18, 2018

Unity has had many achievements in the past, but recently it had became argumentative, arrogant and tired, however, after the formation of the New Unity political union, the party has rallied together and is unified and energetic, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said during a meeting of political union members today. The politician emphasized that New Unity continues its rational and pragmatic course, which represents European values. He said that the…

All 3 Baltic countries post y/y growth in Jan-Apr exports

Saturday, June 16, 2018

All three Baltic countries posted year-on-year growth in exports for the first four months of 2018, figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat showed on Friday. Lithuania’s exports increased by 6 percent in January through April from a year ago to reach 8.6 billion euros. Latvia and Estonia both registered 9 percent growth in exports, to 4.1 billion euros and 4.5 billion euros, respectively. Lithuania’s imports rose by 7 percent year-on-year…